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Sunday at the Farm – Take a Family Day Tour for Mangoes and Tropical Fruits

July 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Sampling mangoes at Erickson Farms

Sunday, July 18, the Erickson Farm out by Lake Okeechobee will be open for its annual Mango and Tropical Farm Tour. It’s free and open to the public, and is a chance to see tropical fruits growing in a farm setting. Mangoes and mango trees will be available for sale.

Almost a century of farming

The 60-acre farm has been owned and operated by the Erickson family for 99 years, and is currently run by Dale and his daughters, Kim and Krista Erickson.

“We’re late with the farm tour this year, because the mango crop was late,” Kim Erickson said. The extremely cold winter stunted blooms, and mangoes that usually appear in June were delayed until this month.

Lychees

Mango is the primary farm crop, with 40 acres planted in 42 varieties of mangoes. “We’re not really sure,” said Kim. Other tropicals they grow are lychee, longans, carmbola, papaya, sapodilla and avocado.

The mangoes are hand-picked, and since they’re out of the Medfly quarantine area, they can be shipped to other states (except Texas or Arizona) through the farm. Their fruit stand is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in mango season.

This fall, Erickson Farm will begin a Community Supported Agriculture Farm program, in partnership with The Urban Farmer in Pompano Beach, and will offer fresh vegetables to the public at farmer’s markets.

The farm tour this Sunday will include mango sampling, mango tree sales, a baby chicken pen for kids, and Farm Market with other tropicals available.

Erickson Farm Tour

  • 13646 U.S. Highway 441, Canal Point
  • Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • No cost; trees and fruits for sale

Directions: Southern Boulevard (S.R. 80) west through Belle Glade. At S.R. 700 (Conners Highway), follow the posted detour to make a right turn on Hatton Highway (a blinking light). Follow Hatton Highway back to S.R. 700 to the town of Canal Point (a blinking light). Follow the road past the Post Office, as it curves around Lake Okeechobee. About 1 mile north of the town, the farm is on the right side of the road – look for a blue roof and white sign, with mango trees across the road from it.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ksteinhoff // Jul 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    No issues with medflies?

  • 2 Jan Norris // Jul 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

    No Medflies out west – yet. But that’s why you aren’t allowed to bring any fruit their way…

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